What to do in Cusco, Peru
Lee Gilbert , Editor | Feb 18, 2015
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Topic category: Food


If you want to take a break from all the amazing sightseeing, check out Cusco’s nightlife. The city has good entertainment to offer at night, with a vast abundance of clubs, restaurants, bars, and lounges. Most of the nightlife takes place near Plaza de Armas, where you can go clubbing, enjoy live music, do on a pub crawl, party in the underground scene, learn how to salsa dance, meet new friends, and participate in many more fun activities.


If you are still interested in learning more about Incan culture and history, definitely visit the Coricancha (also spelled Qoricancha) which houses the Temple of the Sun, one of the most revered and respected temples in the city. In Incan times, it was a sacred place to worship the Inti, the ancient Inca sun god. The temple was covered with gold; its walls were paneled with nearly 700 solid gold sheets. For that reason, Coricancha was considered the richest temple in the Inca Empire.

Inca Trail

One of the most popular attractions of the city is the Inca Trail, by far the most famous trek in South America and among the top five hike paths in the world. For a span of 26 miles, explorers are amazed by the beautiful mountains, lush cloud forest, subtropical jungle, and mix of Inca paving stones, ruins, and tunnels. The trail starts in Cusco and ends at Machu Picchu, often called the “Lost City of the Incas.” Most trips along the Inca Trail take two to four days, depending on how much time you want to spend on the walking tour. It is prohibited to walk the trail on your own, so sign up for a hike with a licensed tour operator.

Plaza De Armas

Plaza de Armas is another must-see in Cusco. During Incan times, the plaza was the heart of the capital, serving as a venue for ceremonies and festivals. Today, it is still the center of the modern city, surrounded by restaurants, hotels, travel agencies, though it still bears influence from ancient times from the Spanish-constructed Cathedral of Santo Domingo and Church of the Society of Jesus. It’s a good idea to visit the plaza at least twice, since activity in the square differs from day to night.

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Tags: Cusco, Peru, Inca Trail, Coricancha, Plaza De Armas, Andes Mountains
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